Small business owners who have never worked in the public sector or have little experience in that area and who are interested in learning what it takes to win a contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) construction program, can attend one of three business boot camp seminars.
The eight-week program provides a hands-on curriculum that explores bonding, certification, the Project Stabilization Agreement the LAUSD has with the union building trades and contractors as well as how to bid on district construction projects.
The cost to attend the seminar is free, but individuals must pre-register by visiting the Web site www.laschools.org or by contacting Michael Bejarano at (213) 241-4973.
The boot camp is designed to help the LAUSD cultivate new contractors and to meet its goal of involving more small businesses in its new school construction and modernization programs.
The boot camp seminar is open to licensed contractors and those close to obtaining a license. And, during 2008-09, an estimated $15 billion in contracts will be released.
Each boot camp course is held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and the first seminar series will run Tuesdays, Oct. 7 to Nov. 25, at Liechty Middle School, 650 S. Union Ave., Los Angeles. The next boot camp will be held in East Los Angeles Wednesdays, Oct. 15 to Dec. 3, at Fourth Street Primary Center in the Multipurpose Room, 469 Amalia Ave., Los Angeles.
The final seminar will be held Thursdays, from Oct. 9 to Dec. 4, in the San Fernando Valley. The location has not yet been determined.